2015-2016 Governors' Cup


Team Leaders

PPG: A. Durham (30.77)
RPG: A. Durham (14.38)
APG: A. Durham (5.08)
SPG: C. Newsome (1.46)
BPG: A. Durham (1.46)


September 27, 2016 7:00PM
Smart Araneta Coliseum
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MB 23 43
TNT 24 45
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Castro looms large as TNT eyes finals

September 27, 2016

Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text will be a marked man in today’s game. (Manila Bulletin)When veteran mentor Norman Black returned to professional coaching after his five-year stint as Ateneo coach, his first stint was with Talk ’N Text, a team he helped win the Philippine Cup that 2013 season.

One of the players he coached in that squad was guard Jayson Castro, already a household name in the PBA then as he bagged the Best Player of the Conference in that all-Filipino tournament.
Three seasons later, Castro has become even more dangerous.

That’s the concern of Black and the rest of his Meralco Bolts as they start their semifinal showdown against the Castro-led top seed TNT Katropa today in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Jayson has been playing spectacular this conference,” said Black of the 5-foot-11 Castro dubbed as “The Blur” for his craftiness and speed in scoring against opposing teams since joining the league in 2008.
 
“Last night versus Phoenix he was unstoppable. The thing that has impressed me most about his play is the fact that he’s scoring, while also making his teammates better.”
 
“He is on top of his game,” added Black....

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Too close to call: PBA semis start Monday

September 26, 2016

PBA Semis: TNT vs. Meralco; SMB vs. Ginebra. Inquirer.net photoThere were no surprises at the end of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals as the top four teams went on to the next round.

And it isn’t a bad thing with each of the semifinal match-ups having the potential to be a classic duel.

The Final Four begins on Monday with crowd-drawers San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra locking horns....

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Meralco claims semis berth after beatdown of Mahindra

September 25, 2016

 Meralco makes its second straight semis appearance after ousting Mahindra. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media BureauMeralco clipped Mahindra once again, this time to secure a seat in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals on Saturday.

The Bolts shrugged off a sluggish start to close out the Enforcer, 105-82, in their quarterfinals match at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Allen Durham sizzled with his 24 points, 16 boards, and six assists to lead the way for Meralco, which also got 19 and 14 markers from Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge....

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Twice-to-beat TNT, Meralco look to finish off Phoenix, Mahindra

September 24, 2016

Mychal Ammons of TNT. PBA Media BureauTropang TNT and the Meralco Bolts try to finish off their respective quarterfinal foes and complete the semifinals cast of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

No.1 TNT and collides with No.8 Phoenix Fuel Masters face off in the main game at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between No.4 Meralco and No.5 Mahindra at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

The winning teams from the two matchups set up a semifinals date against each other. Defending champions San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra have already forged a final four duel on the other end of the bracket....

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Black expects another tough game from dangerous Mahindra

September 23, 2016

 Meralco coach Norman Black remains wary of James White (C) and the Mahindra Enforcer. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media BureauMANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts need just one more victory to advance to the semifinals of the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup after a hard-fought win over Mahindra on Wednesday, but head coach Norman Black remains concerned about the always-dangerous Enforcer.

Meralco overcame a sluggish start to beat Mahindra, 104-99, in a playoff for the fourth seed that assured them of a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. They play the Enforcer again on Saturday, in what essentially became a best-of-three series between the two teams.

"They played well this conference," Black said of Mahindra, which opened their campaign in the Governors' Cup with four straight wins before faltering a bit in the final stretch....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2015-2016 Governors' Cup 6 5 0.545
2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup 11 6 0.647 4th
2015-2016 Philippine Cup 1 10 0.091 12th
2014-2015 Governors' Cup 6 7 0.462 7th
2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup 8 8 0.500 4th
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 7 6 0.538 6th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 3 6 0.333 9th
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 6 6 0.500 7th
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 5 10 0.333 9th
2012-2013 Governors' Cup 7 7 0.500 3rd